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Get ready for the biggest thriller of 2018!
`Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing' – Gillian Flynn
`One of those rare books that really is unputdownable' – Stephen King
'Twisted to the power of max' – Val McDermid
`A dark, twisty confection' – Ruth Ware
What did she see?
It's been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
Review By Sarah McDuling
There is a lot of hype surrounding this book at the moment. Having already claimed the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, The Woman in the Window has established itself as the latest must-read thriller – the one everyone is talking about.
This book is fast-paced, tightly plotted and utterly riveting. A curious mixture of the new and the nostalgic, it’s a slick psychological thriller – yet also something of a homage to classic film noir and the golden age of crime fiction. It’s Gone Girl meets Hitchcock with a dash of Daphne du Maurier and a hint of Agatha Christie, which may sound like a bizarre combination of things but trust me when I say it really works!
Former child psychiatrist, Anna Fox, has been housebound for over 10 months. A terrible trauma has left her suffering from agoraphobia. She spends all her time locked away in her empty house with the blinds drawn, spying on her neighbours and drowning her troubles in wine and pills. Her marriage has broken down, her husband has left her and taken their young daughter with him. Anna is utterly alone.
When a new family moves in across the street, Anna begins watching them through the lens of her camera. Something strange is going on with the Russell family and pretty soon Anna finds herself in the centre of a mystery that carries all the hallmarks of a Hitchcock movie.
There is a murder with no murder victim. Two woman claiming the same identity. A sinister husband who may or may not be a killer and a troubled boy who is clearly keeping secrets. And throughout it all, Anna struggles to convince people (and herself) that she isn’t crazy. She knows what she saw and it wasn’t a dream or a hallucination… was it?
With a host of intriguing characters, a highly unreliable narrator and enough red herrings and shocking plot twists to keep even the most discerning reader in a state of constant uncertainty, this book is bound to appeal to fans of domestic noir thrillers like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. It is also full of apt film references – with particular attention to Hitchcock films like Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and Vertigo. Like all the very best thrillers, The Woman in the Window contains a great balance of deft foreshadowing and unforeseeable turns. Some readers may be able to see a few of the twists coming but the ultimate ending is bound to catch people by surprise. Overall, this is a riveting read and an incredibly impressive debut!
I purchased the books for book club
Very good read enjoyed by 3 family members
Once I was into the first few pages I was transported into this mysterious house and it's unusual occupant. It was shocking and quite frightening at times and kept me intrigued until the end. I was disappointed to finish this book.
I thought this book (good size, lots of pages) would last me for awhile, however it was too good, I just had to find out what was going to happen next, although the main character started to grate on my nerves with her behaviour, by the end I realised why. Don't want to give away anything, so yourself a favour and read it.
Several readers have said that it takes about 100 pages to get to the can't put it down stage, and I agree, but certainly engages you from the beginning. Lots of unexpected twists. Can't wait for the movie. Loved the book.
Kiama. NSW. Australia.
Very hard to follow with short, disjointed chapters. Definitely not a pageturner. Gave up on it halfway through!
Cent West NSW
With such beautiful sentences that I had to read to someone, I enjoyed the writing style and am keen to read the author's next novel. In keeping with the bazillion movie references there is a cinematic quality about this book and I feel like it was written with a movie deal in mind. I am interested in seeing how the introspective nature of the main character translates to film. I loved that there were multiple mental health conditions portrayed in this book and that they weren't glossed over. It wasn't implied that you can flick a magical switch and all of a sudden become the poster child for mental health overnight. The struggles were gritty and the judgemental attitudes towards those with mental health conditions were unfortunately realistic. However … Are they truly red herrings if the reader can tell that's what they are, or are they merely sunburnt? It does take some of the thrill out of a thriller if you expect what happens in the thrill parts to happen before they happen. I'm one of those people that can't even predict what they're having for dinner that night yet I nailed most of the 'surprises' well before they happened, and that's really kinda sad. There is so much media hype these days surrounding prescription medication addiction and the portrayal of the main character buys into all of the negative stereotypes. I'd say that you should play a drinking game with your book club buddies and take a drink each time the main character does, but I'm afraid you wouldn't survive do let's scrap that idea. It confuses me how I can love the writing style, find sentences so beautiful I have to read them to someone, yet be bored at the same time. Because I accidentally figured out most of the 'aha!' moments they turned into 'uh huh' ones. Thank you so much to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australia for the opportunity to read this book. I purchased my own copy as well. Full review at Goodreads.
The Woman In The Window is the first novel by American author, A.J.Finn. Doctor Anna Fox is a shut-in. She's a child psychologist, she's thirty-eight years old, but she's also agoraphobic, and has not set foot outside in ten months. She lives alone; her husband, Ed and eight-year-old daughter, Olivia are in regular contact but away somewhere, for reasons that are only gradually revealed. A tenant in the basement maisonette looks after tasks like groceries and minor repairs, but keeps to himself otherwise. Her only other human interactions are weekly visits from her therapists (mental, physical). Oh, and there's Punch, the bad-tempered cat. When not busy online (chess, French lessons, or "consulting" on Agora, a help forum for agoraphobics), Anna spends her days watching old black-and-white movies from her extensive DVD library, or documenting the lives of her near neighbours with her Nikon D5500 camera and its powerful Opteka zoom lens. She notes the arrival of the Russell family (dad, mom and lanky teenaged boy) as they move into the vacant house across the park. Young Ethan drops in a gift from his mom. Nice boy. And his mom, Jane comes to Anna's assistance when some local teens vandalise her house. She likes them both immediately. When Anna looks out one evening and sees Jane apparently stabbed and bleeding in the Russell's parlor, she calls 911. But things go badly awry with her attempted rescue, and by the time her claims are investigated, there is no body and Anna is not believed. But she knows what she saw! Except that it is soon apparent that Anna's eyewitness account may be less than reliable: she's depressed, on a bunch of medications and also drinking quite a lot more wine than she admits to her therapist. And many of those movies she immerses herself in are of the Hitchcock genre. Could she have imagined it all? Finn fashions his tale with splendid skill. The clues are carefully dropped into the story, as are the red herrings. As some of the twists
`Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing. I could weave in more superlatives but you get the idea. Finn has created a noir for the new millennium, packed with mesmerizing characters, stunning twists, beautiful writing and a narrator with whom I'd love to split a bottle of pinot. Maybe two bottles-I've got a lot of questions for her' GILLIAN FLYNN
'Twisted to the power of max. Hitchcockian suspense with a 21st-century spin' VAL McDERMID
`A dark, twisty confection with an irresistible film noir premise. Hitchcock would have snapped up the rights in a heartbeat' RUTH WARE
`The Woman in the Window is one of those rare books that really is unputdownable. The writing is smooth and often remarkable. The way Finn plays off this totally original story against a background of film noir is both delightful and chilling' STEPHEN KING
`An incredible debut, I absolutely loved it. I read The Woman in the Window in a single day. Full of suspense and surprises and told with heart, The Woman in the Window will send readers racing through its pages. A stunning first outing from A. J. Finn. He is a tremendous new talent' JANE HARPER, bestselling author of The Dry
`Amazing. Riveting. Just plain fantastic!' TESS GERRITSEN
`A truly phenomenal debut. A taut, utterly compelling story. Smart, heart-wrenching-and really scary' NICCI FRENCH
`Amazing. What an elegant, beautifully written thriller. I loved Dr Fox from the word go, and the twists and turns were just exquisite. It's so rare to find a story so compelling, yet so gracefully told - the flair and class of Hitchcock on every page. It's quite a cliche, but I was genuinely walking around the house/answering the door/eating my meals with the book in my hand' JOANNA CANNON, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
`Dense, brilliant and unforgettable; tight in focus, widescreen in execution' JENNY COLGAN
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 15th January 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.59